Police turn off 8 speed cameras
WA POLICE have announced eight fixed speed cameras will be switched off after a series of misreads and incorrect fines.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Zanetti said the cameras had been put into test mode after their accuracy was brought into question by a series of incorrect readings and ‘radar bounces’.
Data will still be collected but those eight cameras will not fine speeding drivers while they are tested.
Cameras are routinely switched off or put in test mode, but Mr Zanetti said WA Police were making the announcement so the public could retain its faith in the speed camera network.
A review into speed cameras began in April after a woman disputed a penalty. She was wrongly accused of travelling 162km/h on the Kwinana Freeway near Baldivis. The review continues into 53,000 infringements from potentially faulty cameras. So far, police have refunded 27 incorrect fines.
One of the camera manufacturers recommended taking them off the road for independent testing.
Mr Zanetti said police would work to fix the problem, including auditing thousands of infringements.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said he wanted the public to know the faulty cameras were not an invitation to break the law and extra patrols would focus on the camera-less stretches of road.